Title: PentimentoAuthor: tohereandnowCharacters:
Sam, Lucifer, Gadreel, AbnerRating: MWord Count:
Not real, not mine, not making money from this.Warning:
Torture. Spoilers for the first nine seasons.Summary: Even as torture twists our bodies into impossible shapes it entwines our hearts with another.
Gadreel's stint in prison, Sam's time in the Cage.A/N:
"The Three Gibbet Crossroads" is taken from The Pillowman
by Martin McDonagh. The beginning is an appropriation for Charlie.
On the stroke of midnight pass
Like vibrations of a bell,
And fashionable madmen raise
Their pedantic boring cry:Every farthing of the cost,
All the dreaded cards foretell,
Shall be paid, but from this night
Not a whisper, not a thought,
Not a kiss nor look be lost.
-- "Lay your sleeping head, my love" by W.H. Auden
In Heaven there was a prison. Not a nasty, dirty, cold prison, with bad food and equally distasteful bunkmates, nor yet a factory of radicalised bigotry, hate and poorly distilled prison hooch: it was a penitentiary decreed by God, and that meant peace, quiet and the necessary time and occasion for reflection and reconciliation.
Here, the angels of Heaven deemed disobedient were kept until they learnt to be sorry for their various offences. Pardon had already been given at the very first instance of wrongdoing. What was truly important was to punish iniquity, to pluck out any sign of dissent by the root, and to, hopefully, in its place, plant the seeds of obeisance and nurture them into fruition.
Gadreel sat in the corner of his cell, marking not time but the passage of eternity. The smooth grey stone that he rested against had grown from irksome to reassuring. Why condemn what little you have left with anger and discontent? Better for a monstrosity like himself to be kept away, hidden, for the greater good of all. What he did, what he set in motion is unforgiveable. A scream from the cell at his left disturbs this morning's placidity. Pleas, to stop, stop, please
In Heaven there is a prison. (And in Hell there is a cage.)( Read more...Collapse )